replace(
TEXT
,
OLD
,
NEW
,
)

The replace( function replaces text with new text.


Parameters

This function has three required parameters:

text – is the item of text that you want to search through and possibly replace part of.

old – is the character, word or phrase that you want to search for and replace. This must be the exact character, word, or phrase, including upper or lower case. The replace( function will not match Dr with DR or dr.

new – is the new character, word or phrase that you want to substitute for the old character word or phrase.

– The function may have additional pairs of old and new text, you can add as many pairs as you need.


Description

The replace( function partially replaces text with new text. It searches through an item of text looking for a character, word or phrase. If the function finds an exact match (including upper/lower case) the function replaces the old character, word or phrase with a new character, word or phrase.

replace("His favorite colors are red and blue","red","vermillion")
    ☞ His favorite colors are vermillion and blue
replace("His favorite colors are red and blue","His","Her") 
    ☞ Her favorite colors are red and blue

Remember, if the match is not exact, it won’t take place:

replace("His favorite colors are red and blue","his","her") 
    ☞ His favorite colors are red and blue

You have to be careful to avoid unintended replacements.

replace("This is a test","his","her") ☞ Ther is a test
replace("Fred won a prize.","red","purple") ☞ Fpurple won a prize.

The replace( function must have at least three parameters, but it may also have 5, 7, 9 or more parameters. If there are additional parameters, they must appear in pairs of old and new values. When there are multiple pairs, each pair replacement is performed from left to right.

replace("552-9017",
    0,"zero ",
    1,"one ",
    2,"two ",
    3,"three ",
    4,"four ",
    5,"five ",
    6,"six ",
    7,"seven ",
    8,"eight ",
    9,"nine ",
    "-","- ") ☞ five five two - nine zero one seven
replace("Modesto, CA",
    "AZ","Arizona",
    "CA","California",
    "NV","Nevada",
    "OR","Oregon",
    "WA","Washington") ☞ Modesto, California

Error Messages

replace( function is missing a replacement value. – The replace( function must have at least three parameters, but it may also have 3, 5, 7, 9 or more parameters. If there are additional parameters, they must appear in pairs: old and new values. This error message appears if the last pair is missing a new value (in other words if there are 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. parameters.


See Also


History

VersionStatusNotes
10.0UpdatedThis function now allows multiple pairs of old/new values. When there are multiple pairs, each pair replacement is performed from left to right.